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: Dry Fly Salmon


LONGBELLY
04-19-2006, 07:12 AM
I need a new rod for Salmon this year and I was wondering what rod and line combo most people are using to get them on dry flies.

JR SPEY
04-19-2006, 09:29 AM
I think people will need to know where you plan to use it. I use everything from a 7 weight to a 9 weight depending upon whether I'm throwing a #6 White Wulff on the Little Southwest Miramichi or a bomber the size of a sparrow on the Grand Cascapedia. Nine foot to ten foot rods in those line weights seem to work. Mine are Thomas & Thomas, but anything not abnormally stiff will do fine. Dry fly work is about the only place I don't use a double-handed rod these days, except for waters best classified as creeks.

D3Smartie
04-19-2006, 10:03 AM
Ben- The Sage SLT is my favorite rod for atlantic salmon mainly because i love to fish dries. I have 3 890s and 1 790. This rod is much more sensitive than almost any other rod i have tried and still has enough back bone to fight a large fish.
I use rio lines because they are what we have in the fly shop. I also like the sage performance taper.
good luck.
david

juro
04-19-2006, 11:02 AM
I like a 9'6" progressive non-stiff / non-soft 8wt for this task. You don't want anything too stiff because presentation is most important and you want to get the line energized without having to whack it. There are many good choices out there for this config. Mine is an RPL.

CalSpey
04-20-2006, 03:27 AM
I think people will need to know where you plan to use it. I use everything from a 7 weight to a 9 weight depending upon whether I'm throwing a #6 White Wulff on the Little Southwest Miramichi or a bomber the size of a sparrow on the Grand Cascapedia. Nine foot to ten foot rods in those line weights seem to work. Mine are Thomas & Thomas, but anything not abnormally stiff will do fine. Dry fly work is about the only place I don't use a double-handed rod these days, except for waters best classified as creeks.

You should get Rio's modern spey casting dvd, and see him show you how to dry fly with a 2 hander. Nothing really special, just interesting to see him false casting sideways to dry out the fly then do a snake roll.

I am wondering how do you catch a salmon on a dry? I knew you could catch a atlantic salmon, but a pacific salmon? And certainly not on the american or rogue etc??????

silverleapers
04-24-2006, 09:46 AM
Hi Ben;

I know little about what size rivers or conditions you are tackling atlantic with dries in but here's a few thoughts...

Unless you are a casting champion in regards to shooting dries, dry flying them requires a lot of false casts while changing direction and getting the fly out to the correct drift line....sometimes long ones.

You want the fly drag free drifted between the fished eyes for maximum number and quality of hook-ups. Sure you'll catch them skating a dry, but you'll have to trust me (and I catch nearly all my Atlantics on dries); you need to dead drift the fly once it is in line with the fish.

Big dries or long casts require heavy weight forward lines for distance even though you'll likely be casting in little or no wind. Little dries or short casts can be used effectively using lighter WF lines.

I use a very fast action 9.5 or 10 foot - even in a boat. This is because on short to medium length casts (40 up to 70 feet) I use an underhand/sidearm/crescent shaped swing on the rod on the forward cast to give the fly a gentle parachute landing. Its a short snapped swing type cast and the long fast rod helps with the power needed, mending to keep it dead float, and setting the hook fast enough on grilse...all key when dry flying atlantics.

Just some thoughts

Cheers, from a Newfie Bomber